Liver Research Open Journal

Editorial Board


Liver Research - Open Journal


               Editor-in-Chief

Her-HsinTsai, MD, FRCP, FECG

Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist
Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospital Trusts
Hull Royal Infirmary
Anlaby Rd, Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire HU3 2JZ, UK


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

• M.B.; Ch. B. with Commendation (July 1983)
• Member of the Royal College of Physicians (U.K.)
1. M.R.C.P. (U.K.) Part 1 (Feb. 1985) first attempt
2. M.R.C.P. (U.K.) Part 2 (Feb. 1986) first attempt
• Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with Honours
o M.D. thesis entitled: faecal mucin sulphatase: identification, purification and characterisation of a novel enzyme and its relevance to ulcerative colitis.


EXPERIENCE:

• GRADE:House Officer (Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals)
o 1.8.83-31.1.84 General Surgery
o 1.2.84-31.7.84 General Medicine/ Haematology
• GRADE: Senior House Officer (Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals)
o 1.8.84-30.9.84 Dermatology
o 1.10.84-30.11.84 Psychiatry
o 1.12.84-31.1.85 Coronary Care Unit
o 1.2.85-31.4.85 General Medicine/ Renal Medicine
o 1.5.85-31.7.85 General Medicine/ Endocrinology and Diabetes
• GRADE: Registrar (Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals)
o 1.8.85-31.1.86 General Medicine/ Clinical Oncology
o 1.2.86-31.7.86 Rheumatology/ Infectious Diseases
o 1.7.86-15.1.87 General Medicine/ Cardiology
• GRADE: Registrar in Gastroenterology (University Department of Materia Medica, Stobhill General Hospital, GLASGOW)
o 15.1.87-31.7.89 General Medicine
o 15.1.87-31.7.89 Gastroenterology
• GRADE: Research Fellow/Honorary Registrar In Gastroenterology (Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool)
o 1.9.89 - 31.3.91 Research
o 1.9.89 - 31.3.91 Clinical
• GRADE: Clinical Lecturer in Medicine and Hon. Senior registrar (Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool
o 1.4.91 to 31.7.91 General Medicine
o 1.4.91 to 31.7.91 GI Medicine
o 1.4.91 to 31.7.91 Teaching
• 1.7.91to 12.4.94: Senior Registrar in Medicine and Gastroenterology, Liverpool Rotation: Royal Liverpool University Hospital
• 12.9.94to present: Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospital Trusts


               Associate Editors

Chandana B. Herath, PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Head of Hepatology Research Laboratory
Department of Medicine
The University of Melbourne
Level 7, Lance Townsend Building
Austin Health, 145 Studley Road
Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia


Dr. Herath, a hepatologist, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Medicine of the University of Melbourne at Austin Health. Upon successful completion of his JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) postdoctoral studies in the department of veterinary medicine at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Herath joined the department of medicine of the faculty of medicine, dentistry and health sciences of the University of Melbourne in 2004.
As head of hepatology laboratory Dr. Herath has made a significant contribution towards developing animal models of liver diseases to study and formulate therapies to treat patients with liver disease including cirrhosis. He was successful in securing nationally competitive grants, amounting to over AU$ 2 million from National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He has supervised and/or mentored a number of PhD and MD students to successful completion and currently having 4 PhD students working in a number of projects. Dr. Herath has contributed to over 50 scientific publications which include peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts, and has given a number of speeches at major scientific conferences.

Zhenyuan Song, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Department of Pathology
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois Medical Center
1919 W Taylor Street, RM 627
Chicago, IL 60612, USA


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

• PhD (2000 ): Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
• MS (1994) : Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, Liaoning, P. R. China.
• BS (1991): Animal Science, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, Liaoning, P. R. China


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• (2010-present): Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• (2014-present): Associate Professor (Tenured), Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition School of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• (2008-2014): Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• (2005-2008): Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
• (2002-2005): Research Associate, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
• (2001-2002): Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
• (2000-2001): Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Hepatology, Graduate Program of Human Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
• (1994-1997): Research Scientist, Biotechnology Laboratory, Research and Development Institute, Shenyang, Liaoning

Vinood B. Patel, PhD, PGCertHE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Science & Technology
University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street
London, W1W 6UW, UK


Dr. Patel is currently a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Westminster and honorary fellow at Kings College London. He presently directs studies on metabolic pathways involved in liver disease, particularly related to mitochondrial energy regulation and cell death. Research is being undertaken to study the role of nutrients, phytochemicals, iron, alcohol and fatty acids in the pathophysiology of liver disease. Other areas of interest identifying new biomarkers that can be used for diagnosis and prognosis of liver disease, understanding mitochondrial oxidative stress in Alzheimers disease and gastrointestinal dysfunction in autism. Dr. Patel graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Pharmacology and completed his PhD in protein metabolism from Kings College London in 1997. His postdoctoral work was carried out at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical School studying structural-functional alterations to mitochondrial ribosomes, where he developed novel techniques to characterize their biophysical properties. Dr. Patel is a nationally and internationally recognized liver researcher and was involved in several NIH funded biomedical grants related to alcoholic liver disease. Dr. Patel has edited biomedical books in the area of nutrition and health prevention, autism, biomarkers and has published over 150 articles.


               Editors


Rachna T. Shroff, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology
Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX, USA


Dr. Shroff joined the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center as an Assistant Professor in 2010. She specializes in the treatment of pancreatic and biliary cancers. Dr. Shroff has published scholarly articles, reviews and educational chapters in these areas and has been invited to give a number of presentations discussing new horizons in therapies for pancreatic and biliary malignancies.

Kamran U. Qureshi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Department of Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA, USA


EDUCATION

Medical Education

King Edward Medical University Lahore, Pakistan
• December 1998 -April 2004 MBBS, July 2004


Pre-Med Education

Government College University Lahore, Pakistan
• June 1996 -July 1998 F.Sc (Biology/Chemistry), October 1998


WORK EXPERIENCE AND MEDICAL TRAINING

Work Experience

• January 2014 - present: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Philadelphia, PA USA
• July 2012 - Dec 2013: Faculty Hepatologist/Transplant physician, Florida Hospital Transplant Institute , Florida Hospital Orlando, Orlando, FL USA


Graduate Medical Education Training

• July 2011 - June 2012, Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, Fellowship training in Hepatology
• July 2008 - June 2011, Chief Resident, Residency training in Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, PhD

Research Associate
Joslin Diabetes Center
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
One Joslin Place, Boston, 02215, MA
USA


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


• (2004) BS Biochemistr, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2006) MS Life & Health Sciences, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2009) PhD Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2010-Present) MA Research Fellow Islet Cell & Regenerative Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


• (2013-Present) Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA
• (2010-2013) Research Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Sehriban Ozge Gursoy-Yuzugullu, PhD

Instructor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
JF511, 450 Brookline Ave
Boston ,MA 02215, USA


Dr. Yuzugullu is an Instructor in Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. During her doctoral years she focused on epigenetic regulations in liver cancer and dietary factors in the molecular pathogenesis of liver cancer in Institute Albert Bonniot, Grenoble, France and Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. While she was studying the mechanism of Aflatoxin genotoxicity and the DNA damage response in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) she got interested in DNA damage and repair. Upon successfully completing her PhD, she started her postdoctoral studies in Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Radiation Oncology department where she is able to combine her experience in studying how chromatin organization regulates DNA repair and carcinogenesis which provides her a broad and unique perspective on the etiology of cancer. She published several papers in cancer biology and presented her work at meetings and invited for talks nationwide.

Haluk Yuzugullu, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
450 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215, USA


Dr. Yuzugullu is a Senior Research Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Massachusetts, USA. He received his PhD from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Most of his PhD research actually took place at Institute Albert Bonniot at the University of Joseph Fourier with Prof. Mehmet Ozturk at Grenoble, France. His PhD thesis was on finding novel genetic and epigenetic targets of liver cancer and he did a postdoctoral work with Prof. Jean Zhao at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA. His research focuses on understanding the roles of key kinases, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase in particular, in hepatocellular carcinoma and leukemia. He`s also interested in discovery of potential anti-cancer drug targets using mouse models of cancer.He published several papers in cancer biology and presented his work at international meetings. He is also a member of AACR and received AFLAC-AACR award in 2014.

Haley Ramsey, PhD

Division of Newborn Medicine
Childrens Hospital Boston
300 Longwood Av, BCH 3146
Boston, MA 02115, USA


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

• PhD, Inflammation and Immunology, Medical University of Vienna - Vienna, Austria- 2011
• MSc, Biomedicine, Scientific University at Bonn Rhein Sieg - Rheinbach, Germany- 2007
• BSc, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee- 2002 minor in Wildlife/Fisheries Science


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

• Postdoctoral Research Fellow June 2013- current, Children’s Hospital, Department of Newborn Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts.
Mentor: Dr Martha Sola-Visner MD, PhD. Project: Platelet production and clearance in neonatal thrombocytopenia.
• Postdoctoral Research Fellow March 2011- June 2013, Massachusetts General Hospital, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts.
Mentor: Dr Mei X. Wu, MD, PhD. Project: The role of IEX-1 in myelodysplastic syndromes and stem cell cycling.
• Graduate Research Fellow September 2007-December 2011, Medical University of Vienna, Dept. of Surgery, Vienna, Austria. Mentor: Thomas Wekerle, MD. Project: T memory cells in Transplantation: pre-sensitized recipients.
• Research Associate III March 2005 - July 2007, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dept. of Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Christiane Ferran, MD, Ph.D. Project: Investigate the cytoprotective function of A20 in hepatocytes during ischemia/reperfusion injury.
• Masters Research Fellow November 2003 - March 2005, Scientific University at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Rheinbach, Germany. Project: Cloning of P2Y purigenic receptor.
• Undergraduate Researcher June 2002 - December 2003, University of Tennessee, Microbiology Department, Knoxville, Tennessee. Project: Lipid Raft assay of Gcoupled protein receptors.
• Research Assistant I May 2000 - April 2001, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tennessee. Project: Amyloid fibril therapies.
• Undergraduate Researcher July 1999 - November 1999, Harbor Brach Oceanographic Institute, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Project: Southern Flounder Aquaculture and the Fulton Factor.
• Grounds Biologist May 1998 - August 1998, US Wildlife and Fisheries Department, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Linh Nguyen, PhD

Department of Surgery
Austin Health
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010, Australia


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

• PhD 2012: Vascular Targeting Therapies for colorectal cancer, The University of Melbourne, Australia
• BSci (Hons) 2008: Majored in Pathology and Microbiology, The University of Melbourne, Australia


EMPLOYMENT TO DATE

• (2013-present): Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Surgery, Austin Hospital, Australia

Ping Wang, PhD

Instructor
Department of Radiology
Molecular Imaging Laboratory
MGH/MIT/HMS
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA


Dr. Wang received his Bachelors Degree in Clinical Medicine (Equivalent to MD in U.S.) from Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, China in 1997 following residency training in the First Affiliated Hospital of Shanxi Medical University. Then he pursued doctoral research in Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at the Fudan University, Shanghai, China and was awarded Ph.D in 2005. Following his doctoral work, Dr. Ping Wang received clinical fellow training in Radiology Department of Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai, China. In 2009, he moved to the United States to pursue postdoctoral research at the Molecular Imaging Laboratory in Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH, Harvard Medical School.

Ismail Syed, PhD

Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave, CLS-0724
Boston, MA 02215, USA


Mr. Syed is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at Division of Endocrinology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and Boston, MA. He has won Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center Scholarship for 2014-2015 and Frank O. Taylor Award for the outstanding graduate research student at Wayne State University in 2011. He earned MS degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from New York, and PhD in Pharmacology from Wayne State University, Detroit. He reviews articles for the Journals-Islets, Journal of Diabetes, Journal of Disease Markers, and Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. He has written book chapters in Encyclopedia of Toxicology, 3rd edition.

James O. Beirne, MBBS, MD, FRCP, EDIC

Consultant Hepatologist
Royal Free Hospital Foundation Trust
London, UK


Dr. O. Beirne is a Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Free Hospital Foundation Trust, London.He trained in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at Kings College Hospital in London where he spent 4 years working on the Liver Intensive Care Unit. After undertaking a period of research exploring the immune aspects of liver cancer. He completed his training at the Royal Free Hospital where he was appointed as a Consultant Transplant Hepatologist in 2007.

David Alan Sass, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation
Jefferson Medical College
Jefferson University Hospitals
132 S. 10th Street, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA


Dr. Sass is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Jefferson Medical College and Jefferson University Hospitals.
Dr. Sass received his MBChB degree with honors from the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa in 1992. After completing an 18-month research fellowship in endocrinology, he thereafter completed residency training and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He pursued 4-year fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology at the University of Pittsburgh He is currently triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology.
He formerly served as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hepatology Fellowship Director and Associate GI Fellowship Director at the University of Pittsburgh (2004-07) and thereafter as Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of Hepatology and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann Hospital (2007-13).
Dr. Sass is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He is also President of the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology and was a former board member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. He is also a reviewer for several gastroenterology, hepatology and transplantation journals.He has been nominated for three “Golden Apple” Awards for excellence in teaching by the second year Drexel University student class and has also been named as a Castle Connolly “Philadelphia Top Doctor” by US News and World Report in 2012 and 2013 and named in the 13th edition of Americas Top Doctors in 2014 .
Dr Sass has published over 90 original research papers, case reports, reviews, book chapters and abstracts and has made numerous poster and oral presentations at scientific meetings. He has recently been a guest editor of issues in both Medical Clinics of North America and Gastroenterology Clinics of North America.

Omar Massoud, MD, PhD

Director of Clinical Liver Research
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
UAB Liver Center, Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham 365 Boshell Diabetes Building
1808 7th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294, USA


Education/Training


• MB, BCh. (MD) Al-Azhar School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, (1982)
• MSc Al-Azhar School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, Departments of Medicine and Immunology, (1987)
• PhD Al-Azhar School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, Departments of Medicine and Immunology, (1996)


Military Service


• Central Blood Bank, Cairo, Egypt (1983-1984)


Medical Licensure


• Wisconsin (2004-current)
• Minnesota (2008-current)
• Alabama (2009-current)


Board Certification


• American Board of Internal Medicine, (2004)
• American Board of Gastroenterology, (2008)
• American Board of Transplant Hepatology, (2010)


Postdoctoral Training


• Internship (Medicine) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (2001-2002)
• Residency (Medicine) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (2002-2004)
• Fellowship (GI) Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2006-2008)
• Fellowship (Transplant Hepatology) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (2008-2009)


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


• (September 2009-Current) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
• (March 2009-September 2009) Instructor in Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
• (September 2008-September 2009) Advanced Hepatology and Transplantation Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
• (July 2006-August 2008) Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• (July 2004-June 2006) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, GI Clinics, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• (March 2004-June 2004) Fellow, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
• (March 2001-February 2004) Resident, Department of Medicine, Metrohealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
• (November 1999-May 2000) Visiting Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
• (August 1998-September 1999) Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, England
• (June 1996-August 1998) Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Al-Azhar University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
• (February 1993-June 1996) Assistant Lecturer (Instructor), Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Al-Azhar University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
• (January 1991-February 1993) Research Fellow, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
• (March1988-December 1990) Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Al-Azhar University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
• (July 1987-March 1988) Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Cairo Medical Center, Cairo, Egypt
• (May 1983-June 1987) Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Al-Azhar University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
• (March 1982-February 1983) House-Officer, Rotation, Al-Azhar University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt

Henry Pleass, MD

Professor of Surgery
Westmead Clinical School
University of Sydney
New South Wales 2006
Australia


Dr. Pleass studied medicine as an undergraduate at the University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England and trained in general and transplantation surgery in the North East of England, Edinburgh Scotland and Sydney Australia.
He has published and presented widely on transplantation and has an MD investigating Xenotransplantation. He is Professor of Surgery at Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney. His specialty interests are liver and pancreatic surgery, in addition to laparoscopic surgery. He is the surgical head of The Australian National Pancreas Transplant Programme based at Westmead. In addition he is a VMO surgeon at Westmead Private Hospital and a VMO liver transplant surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Guoli Dai, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Indiana University-Purdue University
723 W. Michigan Street, SL332
Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

EDUCATION:

• 08/1992 - 04/1994: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of OB/GYN, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.
• 04/1994 - 07/1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
• 08/1987 - 08/1990: Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, Jilin University, P.R.China.
• 08/1984 - 08/1987: M.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Changchun Veterinary University, Changchun, P.R.China.
• 08/1980 - 08/1984: D.V.M., Changchun Veterinary University, Changchun, P.R.China.


APPOINTMENTS:

• 08/1990 - 08/1992: Lecturer, College of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, Jilin University, P.R.China.
• 08/1998 - 09/2002: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
• 10/2002 - 09/2003: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
• 09/2003 - 08/2009: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
• 08/2009 - Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, School of Science, Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.


OTHER APPOINTMENTS:

• 08/1998 - 09/2002: Associate Director, DNA Sequencing Core, Center for Reproductive Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

Paulo Artur Chaves Fontes, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA


Dr. Fontes is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Director, Machine Perfusion Program, Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute (STI), Department of Surgery, Deputy Director, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Dr. Fontes is an academic surgeon, a scientist and an entrepreneur who leads a multidisciplinary research team at the MIRM. His lab has pioneered and patented (10/2012) the use of Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carrier (HBOC) solutions combined with Machine Perfusion (MP) for liver preservation. He has a second patent in the utilization of this new ex-vivo technology as a discovery platform for biomarkers. His lab has expanded the use of the MP/HBOC for the preservation of composite tissue allografts through a grant recently provided by the US Department of Defense.
Dr. Fontes has conducted successful pre-clinical experiments in another breakthrough technology where hepatocytes were transplanted into the peri-hepatic and mesenteric lymph nodes. He is fully trained in cell transplantation and has performed and assisted over 350 bone marrow transplants in recipients of solid organ and cell allografts in addition to 26 islets transplants in patients with diabetes.
Dr. Fontes was the director of the world-renowned liver transplant program at the STI, UPMC from 2002-2011. He performed, assisted and supervised over 1,500 liver transplant procedures while providing care for over 10,000 patients during this period of time. He was a co- founder and the 1st Medical Director of the Organ Referral Center (ORC), UPMC, which has been one of the countrys leading hospital-based referral centers for organ transplantation, having received up to 9,00 organ offers/year.
Dr. Fontes has contributed to over 230 scientific publications among peer-review papers, abstracts and book chapters. He has lectured in more than 95 national and international medical and scientific events.Dr. Fontes has received 20 awards and honors. He is an editorial board member of 18 peer-review medical journals and grant agencies. Dr. Fontes is a recognized academic leader in surgical education, having contributed directly to the training of more than 85 transplant surgeons over the last 15 years. He is an active member of the ASTS since 1994 e a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons since 2001.His continuous efforts as a true patient advocate have been kindly acknowledged by his patients and their families through more than 12 donations received by the STI on his name. He has sustained an institutional-based approach for his continuous fund raising activities. He has been instrumental in obtaining over $15 million in funds donated to the STI and to the UPMC by his patients and their families.
Dr. Fontes is currently the Chairman of the Scientific Board Advisory, Virtech Bio LLC, DE which is a spin-off company created around his technology.

Jacopo Desiderio, MD

Researcher
Department of Digestive Surgery
St. Marys Hospital of Terni
Italy


Education/Qualifications


• (2004-2010) University of Perugia, Medical School
• (12/10/2010) Award the degree of Medicine and Surgery with the qualification of Medical Doctor
• (Feb 2011) State Exam and achievement of the license to practice Medicine
• (30/06/2011) Beginning of the course of specialization in General Surgery
• (11/07/2014) achievement, in UK, the Full registration with a licence to practise


Employment to Date/Work Experience


• (2011-present) Department of Digestive Surgery, St. Marys Hospital of Terni- Italy

Krisztina Fischer, MD, PhD

Instructor
Focused Ultrasound Laboratory
Department of Radiology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA


EDUCATION

• 2003, Doctor of Medicine Medicine, Semmelweis University
• 2010,Doctor of Philosophy Medicine/ Renal Physiology, (Advisors: Ferenc A. Jolesz and Gyorgy Reusz), Semmelweis University/, Harvard Medical School


POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

• 2006-10, Research Fellow, Department of Radiology/MRI, (Lab PI: Nathan J. McDannold), Brigham and Women’s, Hospital/Harvard Medical School


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

• 2010- Present: Instructor, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
• 2012- Present: Instructor, Department of Medicine, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Shiho Fujisaka, MD, PhD

Department of Metabolism
Joslin Diabetes Center
One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215, USA


EDUCATION


• (1995-2001) MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toyama, Japan
• (2004-2008) PhD, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Science for Research, University of Toyama, Japan


POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING


• (2008-2012), Clinical Fellow Internal Medicine (Diabetology) / First Department of Internal Medicine, University of Toyama, Japan
• (2013-Present), Research Fellow Metabolism Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA

Imad Ahmad Nasser, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02215, USA


EDUCATION:

• 1984 M.D., University of Jordan, Jordan


POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING:

• 01/84-12/85 Rotating Internship , Jordan University Hospital (JUH) and Royal Medical Services (RMS)
• 01/86-12/89 Resident in Pathology, RMS, Amman, Jordan
• 01/89-12/91 Resident in Anatomic Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
• 01/91-12/92 Chief Resident, Anatomic Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
• 01/92-12/93 Fellow in Cytopathology, New England Deaconess Hospital and Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, MA
• 01/94-12/94 Visiting Fellow, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Division of Clinical Cytology, Stockholm, Sweden
• 01/00-12/00 Advanced Training in Liver Transplant Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA


FACULTY ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

• 1989-1993 Clinical Fellow in Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
• 1996-2004 Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
• 2004- Present Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


APPOINTMENTS AT HOSPITALS/AFFILIATED INSTITUTIONS:

• 01/93-12/96 Staff Pathologist , The Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
• 01/96-12/96 Staff Pathologist and Director of Cytology Service, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
• 01/96-Present Staff Pathologist and Associate Medical Director of Cytopathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA


OTHER PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:

• 01/96-Present Consultant Pathologist, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, MA

Ananthanarayanan Meenakshisundaram, PhD

Senior Research Scientist (Research Professor Equivalent)
Section of Digestive Diseases and the Liver Center
Department of Internal Medicine
School of Medicine
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520, USA


Dr. Ananthanarayanan obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He has subsequently done postdoctoral work at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA and at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Since then he has worked as Research Faculty at Childrens Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. He has served as co-investigator on R01 and R37 grants for over two decades. Currently Dr. Ananthanarayanan is a Senior Research Scientist, in the Section of Digestive Diseases and the Liver Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA.

Mostafa Mohamed Sira, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hepatology
National Liver Institute
Menofiya University
Shebin El-koom 32511, Egypt


Dr. Mostafa was nominated a permanent Associate Professor at NLI, Pediatric Hepatology Department, Menofiya University, Egypt. He obtained a medical degree in Egypt, upon his M.B.B.Ch. in 1992 at Cairo University, Egypt, M.Sc. of Pediatrics in 1997, Egypt, M.Sc. of Pediatric Hepatology at National Liver Institute (NLI), Menofiya University, Egypt and Doctor Degree in Pediatrics 2007, Japan. Over the last 20 years, he has focused his scientific interests on the topics related to Pediatric Hepatology, Immunology, Nutrition and Gastroenterology. With his expertise in basic research, he has described a novel molecule 'syntenin-1 as' in human colostrum as an IgA class-switching factor in cord blood naïve B lymphocytes. He described human cystatin-C as a potential HCV inhibitory molecule (JPGN, 2012). With his team, he invented a diagnostic score for biliary atresia (J Hepatol, 2014). He trained tens of postgraduate students in Egypt and Japan. He published many SCI journal papers and book chapters, edited/reviewed for many scientific journals, a member of many scientific societies in Asia and Africa, coordinated/participated in several national projects. He was certified in the field of Total Quality Management for Health care facilities in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan. He received the Outstanding Merit Award 2009 by International Immunology Journal, Japanese Society of Immunology (JSI).

Piero Luigi Almasio, MD

Associate Professor of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
University of Palermo
Piazza Marina, 61, 90133 Palermo, Italy


Dr. Almasio got his Medical Degree, summa cum laude, University of Pavia, Italy, 1976, Specialty in Internal Medicine, University of Pavia, Italy, 1981, and Specialty in Gastroenterology, University of Pavia, Italy, 1985.
Since 1997-1998 he hired many positions. N.R. Research Fellow, Academic Department of Medicine, University of Pavia (1977-1980), Anna Villa Rusconi Foundation, Research Fellow, Academic Department of Medicine, The Kings College Hospital, London, UK (1984), Lecturer, Academic Department of Medicine, University of Pavia (1980-1985), and Lecturer Academic Department of Medicine, University of Palermo (1986-1998).Currently he is an Associate Professor in Gastroenterology, Academic Department of Medicine, University of Palermo (1999-2013).

Bilon Khambu, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
School of Medicine Indiana University
975 W Walnut St, IB 411
Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA


• PhD(Medicine), Kyoto University School of Medicine, (2011)
• MS(Medical Biochemistry), B.P. Koirala Institute for Health Sciences(BPKIHS) School of Medicine, (2005)

Eyad Y. Alsabbagh, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Hepatology
Temple University
3401 N. Broad St
Kresge Bldg West. Room: 203
Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA


EDUCATION


• (09/ 2002- 03/ 2009), Damascus Medical School, Damascus University, Syria MD awarded April, 27, 2009
• (06/ 2009- 06/ 2010), Internship, Internal Medicine Residency, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
• (06/ 2010- 06/ 2013), Internal Medicine Residency, Case Western Reserve University -Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
• (9/ 2013-08/2014), Hepatology and Liver transplant Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Michael Themis, PhD

Lecturer
Department of Life Sciences
College of Health and Life Sciences
Brunel University;
Honorary Lecturer
Imperial College
London, UK


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (Oct 2009-Sept 2010), PgCert in Patent Law
• (Oct 2006-Sept 2008), PgCert in Teaching
• (Sept 1991-Oct 1994), PhD Brunel University
• (Sept 1988-Sept 1991), BSc with Honours (1st Class) in Applied Biochemistry (University prize), Brunel University, Uxbridge


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (2006-Present), Lecturer Brunel University, Uxbridge
• (2006-Present), Honorary Lecturer Imperial College London
• (2006 end of Sept), Research Lecturer, Imperial College London
• (2005 end of Dec), Research Lecturer, Imperial College London and Wellcome Trust Value in People Award
• (2000-2005 end of April), Research Lecturer, Imperial College London
• (1998-1999), Senior post-doctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College
• (1994 (Jan)-1997), Post-doctoral position, St. Marys Hospital, Paddington, London

DR. Naglaa M Kamal, M.B.B.Ch, M.Sc, M.D

Associate Professor
Pediatrics and Pediatric Hepatology
Faculty of medicine
Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt


DR. Naglaa M Kamal had her M.B.B.Ch. Degree of medicine on November 1997, M.Sc. Degree of Pediatrics on November 2001, and M.D degree of Pediatrics on November 2005, from Kasr Alainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
Currently, she is working as associate professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hepatology at Kasr Alainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and consultant Pediatrician and Pediatric Hepatologist at Alhada Armed Forces Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia

EDUCATION


• (1997) h. Degree of medicine, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine (faculty of medicine), Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
• (2001) M.Sc. Degree of Pediatrics, Kasr Al-Aini School Of Medicine (faculty of medicine), Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
• (2005) M.D degree of Pediatrics, Kasr Al-Aini School Of Medicine (faculty of medicine), Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Sanda Win MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterological and Liver Diseases at Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Dr.Sanda Win M.D.,Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterological and Liver Diseases at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.